Former detective, Jo Beth Dawson has been living at the bottom of a bottle for far too long. She is pulled back in to police work when she is the unfortunate soul to discover the body of Rodeo star, Pony Jones. She claws the way out of the bottle to start digging around and discovers that Pony Jones is more connected to her than she thought, but will she work with Pony's father Titus, or will Titus take matters into his own hands and handle the killer with deadly revenge. What neither of these people truly realize is that Pony is still with them, hovering over them as they work together to solve her murder.
The Tender Mercy of Roses was a great novel, along the same vein as The Lovely Bones. But this novel is set in a world known as the deep south, where the rodeo circuit is the real All American sport and Native American folklore is more common than fairy tales. The story is a haunting story that will capture your attention until the very last page. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it, but only mildly surprised at who the real killer was.